ISLAM IN TAIWAN: HISTORY AND EDUCATIONAL RELEVANCE
Islam has been introduced to mainland China since the 7th century AD, then the spread of Islam became more reliable and more widespread when Cheng Ho's fleet from the Ming dynasty arrived in Taiwan in the 16th century. The focus of this research is to examine the history of Islam in Taiwan during the period from the 7th century, dynastic era to the republic era. This research used a qualitative approach to literature study techniques. Islam in Taiwan has gone through a long history, experiencing the ups and downs of political dynamics. Sinicization as an effort to uphold Chinese supremacy by Zhu Yuanzhang and the strong influence of Confucianism is a process of cultural assimilation that has a widespread impact and contributes to the decline of the Muslim community in Taiwan from generation to generation. The progress of Islam in Taiwan currently depends on the increasing number of Taiwanese converts and Muslim immigrants from various countries, including Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Africa, and Muslim Middle Eastern countries.
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